Category Archives: Functional Living

Why Weight is simply a VANITY METRIC

Eat some Carbs, Digestible Fat and Cholesterol it’s OK

Here is some interesting information I have been churning around for years but have never been able to put togheter til now.
Weight loss myths, glycogen stores and low carb diets. This is something I have been preaching for years ~ “That we do not vilify carbs! We just eat good ones”. Oh, I mean good for you carbs.

Note here that digestive fat is not you enemy either.  WHAT? Carbs and Fat not my enemy?  Yes.  Read on.

If you dig into the facts, what weight really comes off during that first week or two of a low carb diet is not so impressive is it?  Well because weight is a vanity metric.  It is way down the list of healthier living metrics as far as I am concerned.  Low carb diets are just not thee answer long term ………..Please Christopher do tell!

Well, when you cut the carbs out of your diet, your body empties out the “emergency” stores of the carbohydrate it keeps in the liver and muscles in the form of a substance called glycogen. Glycogen is a normal part of our metabolism and allows us to do energy-intensive things like sprinting and jogging, Yates bent over rows (best single exercise in the gym), and explosive activities by letting us draw on the carbs stored in our muscles for energy. These are chains of glucose, Master Sugar if you will.  The big daddy of all sugars as far as an energy source is concerned.

Moreover, the glycogen stored in our liver allows us to keep our melon functioning. Makes us smarter, happier you know.  The normal person, someone eating a regular well balanced diet, needs 100-120 gr of glucose a day merely to supply the brain’s basic needs (unless you are like me and have to account for the extraordinary brain function).

If the body can’t get glucose from the dietary sugar and carbohydrate ingested, it has two choices: consume glycogen (the stored carbohydrate in the liver in this instance), or convert another digestive substance for energy.  But what if there is no dietary carbohydrates to munch on?  

In low/no carb environments we create with Atkins etc. the source the body will go to for energy is the muscle.  Oh shit.  Aren’t we trying to BUILD muscle not feed it to the body?  Aye Aye Captain! To make it more clear for the lay person, the body converts protein into energy using a lengthy process called “gluconeogenesis” which takes place in the liver. Simply Illustrated here: 8^)

Because we “Leanergetics”, and the body, want to avoid using its/our own muscle fibers for fuel, it does what it/we can to keep that liver glycogen store filled up.

So now what you selling some supplements Christopher? You know me better than that.

Hmm how bout another awesome health wellness offer on the interwebs.  Like this: ACT NOW!  Just pop a glycogen supplement in your gullet and wella, magic.  Lose 12 lbs in 6 days!  You must hurry ~ sign up now.  ~ THE END ~

 

 C’Mon, we have seen enough of those right?  And this can’t be the end of my blog post because I haven’t even rambled on endlessly,,,,,,,yet!

Now let’s move to Dog analogies. I do base my internet celebrity on comparisons of dogs to humans. This in mind, I submit the following argument.  George Hicox, an extraordinary dog trainer (the psychology), nutritionist (it’s the food stupid), and health practitioner (injury prevention~endurance), wrote in a 2003 article which has stuck with me over the years.

“Fat is the most critical nutrition as digestible fat is the only easy way to increase caloric energy (I believe because we have a maximum of volume we can intake). Performance dogs (Leanergetix Master’s Program in humans) will STORE up to 50% of their energy requirements. In fact the more fat is put into the bloodstream there is more available to use. Studies now show that even an off-season dog (or sedentary human) will benefit from a high-fat high-protein balanced diet” (The Program).

See George’s full article here.   And if you have gun dogs FFS attend one of his classes!

George peaked my curiosity with the Glycogen replacement mantra almost 10 years ago, and I have wanted to create a Glycogen ingest-able for humans ever since.  If gun dogs like Annie (Yoked) and Ruben (not so much), eat, sprint, and sleep (recover), to get in great shape, then why won’t a high fat, high protein, well balanced diet, work for us?  ——    if followed precisely it can.
 

Please note – this is for extremely active people performing sprints and high intensity resistance training not for people doing what Rueben and Annie are doing here.  For that kind of weight loss we have Leanergetix “The Program” for more sedentary dogs.

It does work. We Leanergetics know it works….ask anyone.  Can I ask my mother, can I tell that I love her……….can I call her now?(Quote: F-Fletch)

We know this to be true through experience with many subjects on the Leanergetix Master’s Program and though much of my own self experimentation.  You do not want to live me, no seriously.

Nutritional research that shows that a typical 150 lb man holds about three quarters of a pound of glycogen. But what most people don’t know is that each molecule of glycogen is bound to four molecules of water. (well come to think of it most people do not know that a man holds any Glycogen).

Water has weight too, a lot of weight. This means that when your liver and muscles are charged up with glycogen it adds an additional four or five pounds or more to your body weight.  Being that I am the Jerry McGuire of health coaches, this kid keeps asking me random questions.  “@Lentilchef, do you know how much a pound of water weighs?”Still of Renée Zellweger and Jonathan Lipnicki in Jerry Maguire
“No Ray. How much?”  8.36 pounds slightly less than the human head!”  Thanks Ray.

Those first few pounds on a low/no carb diet get you motivated to continue your diet.  I am all for that.  But if not followed by an exit strategy of maintenance, that weight returns swiftly and abandon rates on long term adherence to a sustainable nutritional plan skyrocket.  Digression ensues.  But hilarity does not.

This is what happens after the medically supervised HCG diet. I had early success on this diet and if followed precisely it has tremendous benefits.  However, I now contend with the three week maintenance period of no sugar/no starch required after, why not just do the “Better than HCG diet” which is Leanergetix to the core.  No Sugar or Starch for three weeks and you are no worse for the wear.  You can loose a lb. a day on doing this, but it is still not the whole truth about body composition.  

AM I writing a book or a blog post?  Rabbit trails, rabbit trails, back to our main story.

When you start a very low carb diet you cut off the body’s supply of dietary carbohydrate and this leads to a rapid emptying of these liver and muscle glycogen stores. And when you lose that glycogen, you also lose the associated water; not to mention stamina and endurance in a big way sweety cakes.  That’s the reason why, during the first couple days of a low carb diet, you lose weight so dramatically. It’s also why you may feel slimmer and lose “inches.” You haven’t lost fat. You’ve simply dumped the water out of your muscles,and most alarmingly, your liver and your heart. This is why I insist that our participants measure body fat content and measure it as they go along.  It tells the story more precisely about body composition.  But weight is the vanity value.  As you know, Leanergetix is about rich life and goes beyond vanity.  We need to know, are we losing fat and gaining muscle? Yes…..awesome.

But what happens when you go off the diet for one day like during the Leanergetix Swedish Saturday? If you eat a significant amount of carbs, your liver and muscles grab glucose from your bloodstream to replenish your emergency supply of glycogen . As they do this, four molecules of water join each molecule of glycogen and, as fast as you can say, “For f(*ks sakes @Lentilchef I gained 8 lbs. on Saturday”!) The pounds you lost all week stack up on your all ready distended boiler like canned hams.  Be not discouraged and stop the weighing thing already, get your body ft measured.

So does it take a boatload of carbs to replenish your Glycogen?  I think not.  Lyle McDonald’s book, The Ketogenic Diet, and in the cyclical Ketogenic Diet, the author assumes that three quarters of a pound of glycogen that a 150 lb. person stores in his body only equates to about 70 grams of carbohydrate.  That, plus the Glycogen stored in the muscles added to it, you simply have to Eat that half a bag of white chips you love so much and you have arrived.  Plenty of carbs loaded for the next week.  You are replenished.

So if you cut your carbs or eat slow carbs (as recommended by yours truly, also in BFL, 4 Hour body, Slow CarbDiet ), you eliminate the blood sugar swings that cause hunger in most people and dips in your energy levels later in the day. The cravings you used to get when dieting may fade out in as little as two weeks (when I figure out the psychological cravings I will put my peanut butter down). When you stop eating in response to those nasty hunger cravings, you will find it much easier to eat a whole lot less than you used to. It is the drop in calorie intake that follows this drop in hunger that that results in the very real and often dramatic weight loss so many long-term low carbers report.

Will you gain it all back when you go off the diet? I’m hear to report; you will, and then some.

If you go off plan for a day, gain a few pounds of water weight don’t panic when you step on the scale. That instant 3 to 8 pounds you gained is only water.  how bout not ever weighing on Sunday why not just weigh on Saturday mornings.  Then eat a high fat, high protein, high fiber breakfast going into the rest of your Swedish Saturday and maybe even perform a high intensity resistance training sessions.  Your off to the races.

Conclusion.  Let’s get on a sustained program that increases energy and promotes real fat loss while adding to our muscle composition. Is this possible?  HELLO.  See Greatist for more tips

 
We do not have  problem with digestive fat on our Programs especially if your active, so go out and have a little peanut butter and rendered Kobe beef fat (Snake River Farms) drizzled over your Breyer’s no sugar added Ice Cream, and have a wonderful fat losing~learning experience.
 
Throw some toasted Macadamia nuts on there for good measure why don’t you, and remember this program is simple, and its here to stay.

Now you say what is this Leanergetix diet?  It’s a personal program delivered to each person individually.  We do promise three things: it will simple (not EASY), it will be Badass tasty, and it will be inexpensive.  We teach three things; How to shop, how to cook, and how to eat.  One more thing if you commit yourself to this simple protocol you will lean up, you will gain extraordinary energy, and your life will get better!

So back to my title, if taken in the context of a healthy eating lifestyle like Greatist the best health and wellness site out there, you can, and should eat these things!

3et’s se what you are made of, comment below.

My Film debut, Awesome Ketchum Residents, and Powder Magazine.

My film Debut

As more requests for a better quality video on how to make the High Protein, Low and Slow Carb, “Bad Ass Orange Roughy” recipe have been rolling in, I was able to shoot this in my spare time.  Since this is filmed post workout, and my make up assistant is doing a bikini spread in Bora Bora this week, (not to mention my image consultant is probably a gassed that I would choose today to step on to the business end of a camera) this is the best I could do with my Giada impersonation.

Spectacular Encounters


With that video now going viral on You Tube now I wanted to talk a little about some remarkable things that have happened to me that are just great stories of humanity.

First, the Bone and I were driving into Silver Creek on a brisk but sunny November day to catch the tail end of the epic Thanksgiving helgramite hatch. Since our recently acquired Leanergetix energy levels were hitting all time highs, our already silly life of peregrination was taking us from epic adventure to epic adventure.  As we pulled across the ever-soothing wash-boarded Kilpatrick bridge we saw this dapper gentleman from Scotland enjoying a pipe between Native Idaho Kamloops runs.  Notice he is not wearing and gloves brrrrrrr.

Well, Lonnie (the only one in the picture) not seeming to be the type to complain, let us know the hatch was on and he had to step out of the arctic waters by virtue of the fact his hands were so cold.  I offered him some hand warmers and at that exact moment remembered I  had an extra mismatched pair of fingerless convertible mittens in my McGyver kit.  I gave them to him and we went on our merry way.  Lonnie had warm hands and I was gleaming with socially altruistic joy.  The fishing and time spent with The Bone on the Creek that day was awesome.
Fast forward to 2 weeks ago near the Silver Creek Conservatory building for my last CutBrown adventure of the season.  Coincidentally, (My first thought was to use ironically here but all of you self proclaimed Internet copywriters would be all over me like a hobo on a chopped brisket sandwich from Goodwood BBQ) I was feverishly tearing the F-250 up looking for everything I had misplaced earlier that week and most notably, my good set of matching fingerless mittens (for you slower readers that is my good pair ~ no Lonnie doesn’t have them). 
****Rabbit Trail Alert****** Fishing Hack – Wear latex gloves under your mittens for maximum warmth while preserving tippet feel.  It will change your life.
I am back on track now and to make a long story longer ~ I was chatting with this amazingly interesting Sun Valley resident that was in incredible health even with 88 youthful years under his belt.  He kind of appeared out of nowhere beside my pickup as I exited.  He just wanted to chat with someone I supposed. I noticed immediately this man was something special.  He  was genuine, caring, passed on some hunting access spots, and even some fishing secrets.  These types are few and far between.
But those pesky gloves.  While I continued to get dressed in my “Jack Hall, Day after tomorrow arctic fishing suit” ~~ notice the incredible resemblance, this seasoned outdoors man talked of nostalgic days gone by.   
The sportsman (let’s call him Otis as I am awaiting permission to disclose his identity and a cool photo) Otis, tells me of his impending near death experience some 20 years before.  Type 2 Diabetes.  “But wait Otis! You have incredible energy. You are out here hunting Chukars of all things. You look as healthy as they come.  To what do you attribute your comeback?”
“Well, to whom would be my wonderful wife and of course my doctor too. And to what?  My nutritional lifestyle my doctor insisted on”, he emphatically stated.  He excitedly went on and on about his diet (as I might  in rare circumstances).  “Christopher, I have been eating a High Protein, Slow Carbohydrate diet for 20 years now.  It has been simple and I like it.  No white refined carbohydrates a lot of Silver Creek Trout (author embellished paraphrase).
I am not shitting you, he sold the Leanergetix Program to me right there on the banks of The Creek.  It was surreal, a jaw-dropping moment for me.  But as always, that is not all.
As you remember I was rummaging through my truck trying to find my fingerless mittens.  Just about the time I had torn the bed liner out of my pickup looking, Otis appears with a battle worn pair of toasty wool fingerless mittens.  “Here you go.  You can return these to me when you come by the house in Sun Valley for a cocktail next time you are up”.  
photo.JPGAre you f**85ng joking me.  Chills ran across the hair on my back.  This Otis was unforgettable! He told great stories and jokes (that can’t be repeated in this family friendly forum), and he just had a sweet spirit.  I can’t wait to see him again.  If you don’t believe in paying it forward, I think you ought to sit in a semester with Kevin Spacey.  These things don’t happen in this day and age, do they?
Now, to this weekend in Sun Valley.  Not only the great family time and shared Swedish Saturday:

Not only the Keep Moving and everything is epic landscape;

But I met two more amazing Sun Valley residents that gave to me without expectation.  Boy I am really liking Ketchum, ID these days.  I rolled into the Starbuck’s after my morning adventures taking photos and the setting was so inviting. There was an artist playing indie music of some kind off in the corner and there were free unhealthy treats I avoided, neatly displayed on the bar top against the window.  Immediately I bumped into the most friendly gentleman.  A skiing enthusiast who was selling the Ketchum story as if he was trying to re-elect Randy Hall.

Powder Magazine

Now I chewed his ear off with why life was so great and he cheerfully gave me a gratis, extra smooth, Smith Optics Beanie to show Ketchum’s thanks for my patronage.  As if that wasn’t enough he then handed me a 30 year anniversary edition of “Powder Magazine”.   He then directed me to a “photo spectacular” article by, Jake Moe on the history of Powder Magazine.  This is Lodge coffee table material (if you would like to buy a massive lodge coffee table call me 208-724-3791).  The name on the article was familiar however, being I only ski March and Aprils’ in shorts, on top of hero snow, the name was only vaguely familiar.  I had skimmed through Powder and enjoyed over the years but I always thought is was more for the eyebrow deep, obsessive types.  Definitely not me.

I have been converted.  What a spectacular story and issue. Powder 40th Anniversary Issue Here.

What I came to find out is this energetic, extra awesome, powder hound, was Jake Moe himself. The author of that killer history of Powder.  Not only that, he is the founder of Powder Magazine.  And I thought he was a well meaning barista – completely mind blowing.

Nothing more could possibly happen on this epic early Sunday morning in Ketchum that had been so eventful thus far….. But it was only 8:30 AM (oh the energy).  So as your pastor used to say 30 minutes before the end of his sermon every Sunday, “IN CLOSING”:

I returned to my trusted GMC Denali only to find that I had left my lights on after photographing a herd of elk up the east fork of the Wood earlier that morning.  Hence a dead battery.  Only after standing on the intersection in Downtown Ketchum with my “will work for jump start” sign for a few short minutes, and nearly suffering the ill effects of a grand-maul seizure, I returned to the comfort and warmth of the Starbucks/Visitors Center.  (Apparently Sun Valley residents commuting through Ketchum are terrified of would be panhandlers. I me c’mon you think that I do not know where the best free continental breakfasts are in the valley).

Inside the Cafe I humbly requested the assistance of any would be mechanic. Once again as if it were fate a wonderfully kind fellow, clad in killer Patagonia puffer coat, came to my assistance.  We chatted a while and jumped the limping Denali back to health.  A firm handshake and off to the whacky shred fest on the mountain he went.  Another extra specially awesome human interaction in Ketchum.  Who was this stranger?  Well it was Don who boasts Sturtavants as his passion, and maybe owns some additional interests there.  Sturtavant’s is an outdoor enthusiasts shop in Hailey and Ketchum. I will go and shop there more than usual because of Don being such a great guy.

Wow there is something this town. Eating right. People always moving, staying active, being kind, and just overall common decency.  I would deem it especially rich (not $), and functional living.  I now declare Ketchum my third home.  Behind 1 Boise and 2 Hagerman as if you were interested.  It should be noted I will not be paying property taxes there however.  What a great life we can have if we only live a little each day!       Cheers.

PARTING SHOTS

I was Beyond Hope Last Night!

I really was.  I went on an impromptu trip to the Northern Idaho – I received a call Wednesday proposing an adventure to North Idaho. After that phone conversation with a remarkable friend, I found myself at the crossroads in Hope, ID 400 miles from home.

I finally made it to my newly adopted second home, to my ultimate destination. It should be noted, I made a right turn at this sign and not a left.  Why?

Not long ago, I was in fact myself, beyond hope (I thought).  Think about this word: hopeless (without hope).  I had talked myself into the fact there was nothing I could do to change things.  Sad isn’t it?

This sign moved me to reminisce of my not so happy days.  I was a bit broken, a lot heavier, and I lacked energy and drive.  Life sucked pretty bad. 

Things have changed, haven’t they?  Yes they have, dramatically.

How? Just a little decision and subsequent action. A small behavior change or two has brought me to the place I am today! WOW.  Small changes can make a profound impact on were you are today, and most certainly where you end up.

One day while laying around feeling a smidgen of self-pity,  I just thought if I can just start eating right, take care of my body, and do a little more exercise each day, I can see myself in control of my life again (hope).  I know this is cliche’ but I have not turned back since.

Many people when moving at the speed of life these days, can feel overwhelmed by many things. They do not want to think about health and wellness.  They do not have time to prepare meals.  They don’t know what to eat nor when to eat it. Exercise or focus on diet; what should I do they ask.  These unfortunate people just have no hope in this part of their lives.  They default to the simple, the quick, and the convenient.  This can be devastating.  It also can be quite sad.

I am here to report it does not have to be this way.  The only call to action here I am suggesting is, to make a little change for the better and your life.  It will get better, a whole lot better.  If you are beyond hope just give it whirl and let me know how things improve.

“Most people paralyzed by fear. Overcome it &; you take charge of your life & your world.” ~Steve Case~ @stevecase

Yes I am Happy in this picture I just have a mouthful  of  food in this amazing Lentilscape!

This is a climb I could not have made 2 years before, and notice no sweat on my hat like there is on my buddy’s. Oh, and a similar climb slightly before two years ago sent me to the doctor for an EKG, a stress test,and a couple simple changes.  What do you think?
“I’ve decided I must live THIS life for some time to come.The liberty and majesty is too remarkable to pass up.” ~The Lentilchef~

Chixs are for Kids

People ask me all of the time, will children eat the meals you prepare for the Leanergetic lifestyle?  Indeed they will. As a matter of fact they eat it up!

If you have to say “no pun intended” it wasn’t all that clever in the first place (CHICKPEAS).

Digression ensues; back to the point.  If you make it they will come.  My sweet little niece Abigale loves our Leanergetix meals and snacks!  Granted she is 3 so she likes her treats too! I took a photo of this plate of lemon cordon blue, sauteed’ mini bellos, broccoli chips, and CHICKPEAS because we knew she would like it!

She didn’t just like it she said she loved it!  If you don’t believe me,  just ask me.

She ate every bite and enthusiastically showed me the final product.

Nuff said

Not that a 3-year-old needs a program or  personal trainer, however it is a great foundation for functional active living later in life.  All they need is their own body weight and some space.  We do not feed Abby the program every meal. We simply put most of the items on her plate, possibly a few others when we are having a family meal together.  She usually gravitates towards the healthy whole foods. She is no dummy.  Believe it or not she had a shrimp appetizer, she asked for it, it was in the ice box……what a supper.

As I continue to cross weak excuses off my own list of why I can’t do the program, i.e.; “I have 2 small children and I only have time to cook one meal”, seeing the previous example of Abby, it kind of throws some excuses out the window, doesn’t it?  I think I may write a book of top 100 reasons I can’t change my eating habits?  What do you think?  (For all you readers I have offended it couldn’t hurt to try – email me at cclaunch@leanergetix.com and I will shoot you the recipe).

Whip this little daisy up and see how it goes.  Today was another REMARKABLE day on the Program.

Getting Lean and Fishing Silver Creek


“Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.”

Hemingway and Purdy on Silver Creek

This is an inspirational saying for only some people.  As a matter of fact many struggle with it especially when they are facing big challenges or trying times. We often fabricate worrisome outcomes in our minds and convince ourselves why we can’t do something.  So we just stop trying, or never start in the first place.  This is why many start ups, life changes, or diets often fail. People do not believe they can start exactly where they are today with exactly what they have today.  Things seem impossible, overwhelming, or  too complex to learn. Well when I first heard of hypothalamic obesity and insulin sensitivity, it sounded like Chinese to me.  I just didn’t think I could get my head around it. Today I am leaner than I have ever been, and I am doing things I never thought I would do.

I think of Earnest Hemingway and Bud Purdy every time I fish (what is arguably the best spring creek fishery in the world), Silver Creek.  Since I have learned to deliver the right nutrients to my body and mind, time it properly, I have become much improved in many areas of my life.  Areas like hockey and cooking. Most recently, I have become a skilled fly fisherman (still just a fly rod owner by Silver Creek’s terms).

If I would have given up after the first 15 years that I fished Silver Creek, I would never have seen moon rises like this!  Definitely wouldn’t have been around to winter fish with the mama and baby moose.

My energy levels are through the roof and my mind is so crisp lately that I am able to explore and try more things and different approaches to activities.  Way more than I ever would have in the past. Most times I wouldn’t even get started because I would just convince myself that I couldn’t do some things.

Not to jump all over the map, but it is my nature.

This another quote that is from a movie that has stuck with me for many years – I think it applies to this post.

Liddle: :“I think a man only needs one thing in life. He just needs someone to love. If you can’t give him that, then give him something to hope for. And if you can’t give him that, just give him something to do!”  Flight of the Phoenix. As many of you know I am the perennial optimist.  Without this optimism I would have not experienced so many of the EPIC days in my life for which I am so grateful. And if I do not know what to do, I just DO something.  Some things good, some better. And now, I do some things best.  Further, if I add look for guidance and support, I do it right the first time. Then I simply gain momentum and leverage that momentum to my advantage.  That is exactly how I got to where I am today.  I just started moving toward my goal of a healthy, functional, active life and I find myself there today.  Can I improve, I believe I can, I know deep down in my know-er, I will!

It is my wish that through prompting and teaching people how I have become “Leanergetic”, they can and will come to achieve their own hopes dreams for active functional living.  I digress again.

I finally landed a big one at Silver Creek in Idaho by not giving up hope! Many thanks to Chase and the rest of the team at Lost River Outfitters for answering my completely annoying questions, and listening to my skillfully embellished fishing tales over the years.  I am still going to catch a huge Cutbrown one day!
If you have a question about how to fish Silver Creek or Leanergetix, ask in the comment section below.  By just asking the question, by joining a community, this action just may be the first step.